Ill-Effects of Improper Metal Waste Handling and Disposal (What if there’s no Recycling?)

Blog | March 30th, 2018

If you were to take a walk through a landfill then you would see just how dramatic our culture of disposal and waste can be even when we work hard to contain and properly dispose of it. However, people don’t always focus on properly disposing of all of their waste and this is particularly true when it comes to metal. Improper handling and disposal of metal waste is a big problem not just for our local communities but for the entire planet’s environment. Today, let’s pull back our focus and look at how improper waste disposal and handling can lead to some serious problems. Knowing what is wrong with metal disposal can perhaps lead people to take proper precautions when getting rid of their unwanted metal waste.

Improper Metal Waste Handling and Disposal

Take a walk through any neighbourhood and you’ll no doubt eventually come across scrap metal wasting away in someone’s backyard or garage. While metal is an incredibly useful (and broad) material to work with in our day-to-day lives, it also presents some pretty unique challenges. Metal is so sturdy and durable that it doesn’t simply break apart and vanish when disposed of. This means that the metal you use today will be the metal haunting the environment and damaging it a hundred years from now. Let’s look a little more specifically at some of the consequences of improper metal disposal.

When you don’t take the proper precautions to dispose of your metal, or recycle it if that option is available, you are going to end up doing a disservice to the environment and the people around you. Most metal, scrap or otherwise, will have been treated with chemicals at some point or another. This means that if you improperly dispose or handle the metal, you’ll end up putting chemicals back into the environment. Chemicals can seep into the ground, drift to nearby water sources, and become instantly damaging sources of pollution for humans, animals, and the very world we live in. Disposing of metal in any way outside of the proper channels can be incredibly damaging as we’ve just illustrated.

With that being said, you don’t have to just lean into improper disposal because it may seem difficult to do it right. Instead, consider selling off your scrap metal to local companies like Melbourne Metal Recycling. Turning your scrap metal into extra cash can be a great way to help the environment, put metal back into circulation, and pad your pocket with a few extra bucks — there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?